Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:3-4

We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit; a sign and beautiful emblem showing our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Baptist Convention 1925)

Baptism is the declaration of the believer of their living union with Christ. The wonder of baptism is that through the Holy Spirit there is a spiritual relationship between the sign and that which it signifies:

  • Calling into the grace of a new covenant (1 Peter 3:21)
  • Forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) through Christ's death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4)
  • Regeneration of new life in Christ (Romans 4:12)
  • Repentance, faith and obedience to Christ ((Matthew 28:19); and
  • Adoption in the body of Chirst, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13).

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:21